Global Spirit (1987-2014)
Country of ownership: Japan
Destination yard: Aliaga, Turkey
The Global Spirit, a 27-year-old vehicle carrier built in Japan and owned by Japanese company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), was sold for breaking to a Turkish yard, instead of being sent to India, after the NGO Shipbreaking Platform stepped in in June 2014. On the infamous shipbreaking beaches of Alang, poor enforcement of environmental law and labour rights cause pollution and fatal accidents. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has already documented six deaths caused by shipbreaking on the beach in India in 2014.
The end-of-life ship was located in the port of Antwerp until 26 June, when it left for its final destination. It had been blocked by the Flemish environmental authorities following a letter sent by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to the Flemish Ministry of Environment.
The Global Spirit had been used to transport cars for Nissan-Renault on a regular route Morocco-EU-Turkey and was under long-term time charter with Höegh Autoliners under the management of Autotrans, based in France.
The Platform sent a letter to the Japanese owners of the ship, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Limited (MOL) and Nissan Car Carriers (NCC), calling for a sustainable solution for the dismantling of the vessel and the adoption of a company policy on ship recycling that will ensure dismantling of their fleet under safe and green conditions. The charterers of the ship, Höegh Autoliners, which also are 20 percent shareholders in NCC, have already adopted a sustainable ship recycling policy for their ships ‘off the beach’.
In August 2014 the ship ended its course in the ship recycling yards of Aliaga, Turkey, where the landing method is used. The ship wasn’t beached in South Asia.
(Copyright of photos – Ray Johnson)
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from 27 June 2014
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